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smil·​ey ˈsmī-lē How to pronounce smiley (audio)
: having a smile : smiling often
smiley kids


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Example Sentences

Adjective She's a very smiley kid.
Recent Examples on the Web
The stylish, sustainable bags come in whimsical designs like a cluster of smiley faces, a shrine of mushrooms and a pattern of fluffy cats. Los Angeles Times, 2 Nov. 2022 The uniqueness of each chair was a literal interpretation of the theme, and some showed the marks of Pesce’s own hand — including those adorned with slightly deranged smiley faces. Diana Budds, Curbed, 27 Sep. 2022 Made up of bandmates Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers, the duo shared their excitement over one of the world’s biggest pop stars putting his spin on their song by retweeting a clip of Styles’ performance and adding a melting smiley emoji. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 9 Jan. 2023 Charles and Camilla sent out this smiley greeting for Christmas back in 2014. Maria Mercedes Lara, Peoplemag, 21 Dec. 2022 The clip captures a smiley Jin high-fiving the Coldplay frontman and gives fans their first look at the galaxy-like visuals set to appear onscreen during the show. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 27 Oct. 2022 In addition to her work in Mexico, the smiley pup engaged in rescue work in Haiti and Ecuador. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 16 Nov. 2022 The designs are sophisticated but still smiley—just the ticket for an Easter brunch table. Sarah Halverson, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Nov. 2022 In another photo, the family gathered in a mirror and took a smiley shot in their costumes. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 2 Nov. 2022
For the outing, the model and Rhode founder wore a neon green smiley-face hoodie from Justin's brand Drew House, pairing the long sweatshirt with tiny bike shorts for a no pants look. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 Jan. 2023 Hailey Bieber took advantage of Los Angeles' warm winter weather yesterday, going out in just a lime green Drew House smiley-face hoodie and no pants. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 20 Jan. 2023 These results indicate that a smiley is not a smile. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 22 Aug. 2017 Diamond smiley faces and rainbow arrays of gemstones are the specialty. Harper's BAZAAR, 16 Dec. 2022 Chen, in a black polo and cargo shorts, is quieter and smiley. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, 6 Nov. 2022 Apart from the watch’s vibrant yellow strap, the placement of the signature smiley on its crown ties the piece together. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 30 Sep. 2022 The star of the show was a lavender striped sweater vest from Ganni featuring smiley faces all over the fabric. Seventeen, 12 Aug. 2022 There have been at least 60 versions of the sign, and most have included a photo of a seemingly ageless, sinewy and smiley Mr. Smith posing with his instrument. New York Times, 1 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History



short for smiley face

First Known Use


1848, in the meaning defined above


1987, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of smiley was in 1848

Dictionary Entries Near smiley

Cite this Entry

“Smiley.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
smil·​ey ˈsmī-lē How to pronounce smiley (audio)
: exhibiting a smile : frequently smiling


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